Gurley's team won, but he continues to get hit too often behind the line of scrimmage while playing against defenses stacking the box -- with no fear of the St. Louis toothless aerial attack.
"Everybody knows we're going to run it, and he still got 1,000," coach Jeff Fisher pointed out. "That speaks volumes for him."
Entering Thursday's game, he ranked first among running backs in 100-yard games and rushing touchdowns, second in rushing yards and fourth in yards per carry since joining the starting lineup in Week 4.
Gurley has been one of the best players at his position this season. The same cannot be said for his competition.
Gurley and Winston aren't the only greenhorns impressing. Here is Around The NFL's latest Rookie of the Year watch for Week 15:
2. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback: Winston was confused by Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams early, was off the mark on several throws and tossed the game-sealing interception in the fourth quarter. On the flip side, he passed for a franchise rookie record 363 yards and a couple of scores while playing from behind. The Bucs won't be going to the playoffs, but they have their offensive nucleus in place.
"He was the smartest guy I've interviewed at the combine in 10 years at NFL Network," Steve Mariucci raved on Thursday's edition of NFL GameDay.
8. Leonard Williams, New York Jets defensive end: The coaches are using Williams in more pass rushing situations, and he has responded with sacks in back-to-back games. His 18 QB hits are second only to Muhammad Wilkerson's 20 among Jets defensive players. No other rookie has more than seven QB hits this season.
9. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks: Among receivers with at least 50 targets, Lockett's 82.0 catch percentage ranks second only to Danny Amendola's 82.7. He and Hall of Famer Gale Sayers are the only rookies all-time with five receiving touchdowns in addition to scores on both kickoff and punt returns.